Four police officers arrested over £1m transfer to a charitable account

Four serving police officers have been arrested and released on bail following allegations of potential fraudulent activity involving the transfer of about £1m to a charitable account at the police representative body the Police Federation of England and Wales .

A statement by Surrey Police on Friday said two men in their fifties and two men in their forties had been arrested on suspicion of fraud under Section Four of the Fraud Act. None of the four officers are from Surrey Police.

The statement said the concerns centred on the transfer of £1m to a charitable account in August 2015, and that the force would be contacting the Charity Commission.

The PFEW, which represents 125,000 police officers, said the investigation related to accounts held by its Constables’ Central Committee, which is one of three rank committees in the organisation.

Detective Superintendent Karen Mizzi, who is leading the investigation, said: "We are carrying out a detailed and thorough investigation into allegations of fraudulent activity involving significant amounts of money.

"As the allegation was only reported to us on 16 March, our inquiries are at an early stage but specialist officers, including our Economic Crime Unit, are investigating to establish whether any offences have occurred.

"The Police Federation reported the matter to us because its headquarters is in Leatherhead and we are its local force but to be clear those arrested are not Surrey Police officers.

"Our professional standards department is currently in liaison with colleagues in relevant forces to inform them of the arrest of their officers.

"Due to the nature of the allegation, and those arrested being serving officers, Surrey Police has notified the Independent Police Complaints Commission and will also be in liaison with the Charity Commission going forward."

A statement from the PFEW said it was cooperating fully with the inquiry and that the day-to-day running of the organisation was not affected.

A spokesman for the Charity Commission said the regulator was aware of Surrey Police’s investigation into potential fraudulent activities involving the Police Federation. 

"The commission has been in contact with Surrey Police for additional information and will liaise with them further regarding this serious matter," he said.  

The spokesman said he was unable to comment further while there was an ongoing police investigation.

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